Christian Zidorn

Kiel University Institute of Pharmacy, Germany
Lecture Title: 
"Plant Chemophenetic Studies from Asteraceae to Zosteraceae"

Christian ZIDORN studied Pharmacy at the University of Düsseldorf/Germany; he was registered as a pharmacist in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Christian pursued PhD studies in Pharmacognosy in the group of Professor Hermann STUPPNER at the University of Innsbruck/Austria. After receiving his Dr. rer. nat. degree in 1998, he pursued postdoctoral studies in the Plant Extracts Research Unit of Crop & Food in Dunedin/New Zealand from 2000 to 2001 in the group of Dr. Nigel B. PERRY. After returning to Innsbruck, Christian completed habilitations (state doctorates) in Pharmacognosy (2003) and Botany (2007). From 2010 to 2013, Dr. ZIDORN worked in the group of Dr. Anna LÖNNROTH in Brussels/Belgium as a scientific officer in the field of infectious diseases with the European Commission; here he was responsible for FP7 collaborative projects in the fields of antimicrobial resistance and emerging epidemics. After again working as an associate professor at the University of Innsbruck and a step-in professorship at the University of Kiel/Germany, he studied marine natural compounds as a Marie Curie IEF grant holder at the CNR − Istituto di Chimica Biomolecolare in Pozzuoli/Italy in the group of Dr. Margherita GAVAGNIN. Since April 2016, Professor ZIDORN is head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Biology of the Institute of Pharmacy at the Kiel University in the far North of Germany. His research interests include phytochemistry, chemo-phenetics, botanical systematics, and chemical ecology. Professor ZIDORN has published more than 100 papers in national and international journals, discovered some dozens of new natural compounds from various compound classes such as sesquiterpenoids, diterpenes, phenolic acids, iridoids, lignans, diarylheptanoids, and polyacetylenes. Christian ZIDORN serves as a regular referee for e.g. Industrial Crops and Products, Molecules, and Phytochemistry and is co-editor in chief of Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. His current research focuses on chemophenetics of the Cichorieae (Asteraceae), bio-actives from vegetables, and on marine natural products from seagrasses, their bioactivities, and ecological functions.